NEW YORK: Palestinian diplomats have released a draft resolution on a bid for UN recognition, as the United States again warned a successful vote this week could cost the Palestinians dearly in US aid cash.
The Palestinians say the UN General Assembly will vote on Thursday afternoon on a resolution raising their status at the United Nations from an observer to a non-member observer state.
The spokesman for the Permanent Observer Mission of Palestine to the United Nations said Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas would address the 193-member world body before the resolution was put to a vote.
Approval would give the Palestinians the same status at the UN as the Holy See.
There are no vetoes in the General Assembly and the resolution, which needs a majority vote for approval, is virtually certain to be adopted.
The mission's spokesman, speaking on condition he was not named, said on Monday the Palestinians were urging all countries to support the resolution and "be on the right side of history".
While the Palestinians are guaranteed to get a majority, the resolution is fiercely opposed by both the United States and Israel, and has also had a cold reaction from key European powers.
The draft also calls on the UN Security Council to "consider favourably" the Palestinian request for full membership made one year ago. The US has blocked that move at the 15-nation council.
The US and Israel have opposed the UN application, insisting only direct talks on a peace accord can produce an accord that will create a Palestinian state.
A successful vote could cost the United Nations money, as US law prohibits funding to international bodies that recognise a Palestinian state.
About $US200 million ($A191 million) in development aid to the Palestinian Authority is currently blocked in the US Congress, and State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said that could also be at risk.
"Obviously, if they take this step it's going to complicate the way the Congress looks at the Palestinians," Ms Nuland told a briefing.